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[WD] Solar Soldier Project Puts Photovoltaics Into Army Uniforms.

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A team of researchers from across Britain is developing a solar-powered pack for British soldiers, so infantry can travel further with a lighter load on their back.

The new outfit would have a mix of solar photovoltaic cells and thermoelectric devices, to harness natural sunlight and the temperature change between the outside and inside of the soldier's clothes. Together, the two technologies would provide a reliable supply of round-the-clock electricity.

Currently, soldiers need a supply of batteries to charge weapons, radios, GPS devices and other vital pieces of kit. Those giant battery packs can account for around ten percent of the 45-70kg load a typical British soldier has to carry. The team wants to reduce the weight of those batteries by up to 50 percent.
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/...solar-soldiers

Never ending power eh?
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All I can think of is this:



SUNLIGHT!!
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Nice! Even though optics can last for hours on end even when left on, lighter loads are always nice.
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Nanosuit, my first thought.
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Someone has been watching a wee bit too much Superman....
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this would save my life haha im usually carrying an extra 5-10 pounds in radio batteries/AA's....

bring it to the US army!
    
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Is that... Infinite Energy's?

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Half of ten percent of 140 pounds..
So, saving five pounds?
Or 2.5 at minimum.

Am I getting this right?

+ For solar research
- For taxpayer's money.
    
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Half of ten percent of 140 pounds..
So, saving five pounds?
Or 2.5 at minimum.

Am I getting this right?

+ For solar research
- For taxpayer's money.
I'm sure this has far more practical applications than where some of our tax money goes, it could be much much worse
    
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post #10 of 11
So when a soldier gets shot, instead of saving them, they will strip him of his expensive uniform before he bleeds all of the solar panels. Cool.
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